November 24, 2003
Waterloo, Iowa- The Indiana University women's cross country team finished 27th with 571 points at the NCAA Championships Monday afternoon in Waterloo, Iowa, at the Byrnes Park/Irv Warren Memorial Golf Course on the campus of University of Northern Iowa.
The team competed in its second national championship since 1990. The women entered the race ranked 24th in the NCAA poll.
Individually for the Hoosiers, Junior Mindy Peterson earned All-American status and placed 46th overall, in leading IU. She finished with a time of 20:51.0. Senior Audrey Giesler placed 82nd overall with a time of 21:09.2. Sophomore Kelly Siefker, was the Hoosiers' third-best finisher, placing 139th overall with a time of 21:29.3. Freshman Kristin Whitezell finished 215th at 22:14.5, sophomore and sophomore Larra Overton finished 227th at 22:23.0. Rounding out the Hoosier lineup, were juniors Julie Shields and Heidi Crowley with a times of 22:27.4 and 22:38.4, respectively.
"It was a mediocre day for us," said head coach Judy Wilson. " I thought if we ran well we could have placed in the top 20, but only three of our girls had run in this meet before, so we were inexperienced. Overall, I am happy because at the beginning of the season and even mid-season, we weren't even sure if we would be here. The good thing is, next year we return eight girls to the team and we will have a lot more experience coming into the nationals."
Among other Big Ten schools, Michigan, placed fourth , Michigan State placed 17th , Penn State finished 23rd and Wisconsin finished 26th.